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  • CARACAS, Dec 20- Employees at a Pepsi-Cola Venezuela plant have been freed by the government, which had detained them for halting operations for lack of raw materials, Empresas Polar, owner of the local Pepsi division, said late on Sunday. President Nicolas Maduro routinely accuses Polar, the country's largest food and beverage producer, of slowing production or...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 17- Two nephews of Venezuela's powerful first lady pleaded not guilty on Thursday to U.S. charges that they conspired to import cocaine into the United States. According to a U.S. law enforcement source, the two nephews met a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration informant in Honduras in October and asked for help sending 800 kilograms of cocaine to...

  • CARACAS, Dec 17- Venezuela's government must calm its rhetoric and make pragmatic fixes to an ailing economy after losing the legislature to the opposition for the first time in 16 years, a former senior aide to President Nicolas Maduro said in an interview. And the opposition should not be overconfident, given the Socialists still won more than 40 percent of...

  • CARACAS, Dec 8- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced an imminent cabinet reshuffle on Tuesday after his ruling Socialist Party was crushed in legislative elections, but he vowed to veto opposition plans for an amnesty law for jailed politicians. The government was stunned by Sunday's elections, winning just 55 seats against the opposition's 112...

  • CARACAS, Dec 8- Venezuela's opposition on Tuesday urged leftist President Nicolas Maduro to stop making excuses for his candidates' defeat in legislative elections and instead urgently tackle food shortages and free jailed politicians. Shortages are particularly bad for the poor and beyond capital Caracas, with shoppers lining up for hours under the sun...

  • CARACAS, Dec 8- Venezuela's opposition on Tuesday urged leftist President Nicolas Maduro to stop making excuses for his candidates' defeat in legislative elections, and instead urgently tackle food shortages and free jailed politicians. Shortages are particularly bad for the poor and beyond capital Caracas, with shoppers lining up for hours under the sun...

  • CARACAS, Dec 7- Venezuela's opposition vowed on Monday to revive the OPEC nation's troubled economy and free jailed political activists after winning control of the legislature for the first time in 16 years of Socialist rule. "It's a great opportunity for us, this protest vote," prominent opposition leader Henrique Capriles said following a win attributed...

  • CARACAS, Dec 7- Triumphant opposition leaders vowed on Monday to use their new majority in Venezuela's legislature to free jailed opponents of the Socialist government, but also promised not to go after political foes. The Democratic Unity coalition won more than twice the number of National Assembly seats as the Socialists in Sunday's vote that punished...

  • CARACAS, Dec 7- Ecstatic opposition leaders vowed on Monday to use their new majority in Venezuela's legislature to free jailed opponents of the Socialist government but also said they would not move to dismantle popular welfare policies. The Democratic Unity coalition won more than twice the number of National Assembly seats as the Socialists in Sunday's...

  • CARACAS, Dec 7- Ecstatic opposition leaders vowed on Monday to use their new majority in Venezuela's legislature to free jailed opponents of the Socialist government but also said they would not move to dismantle popular welfare policies. The opposition Democratic Unity coalition won more than twice the number of National Assembly seats as the Socialists...

  • CARACAS, Dec 7- Ecstatic opposition leaders vowed on Monday to use their new majority in Venezuela's legislature to free jailed opponents of the Socialist government but also said they would not move to dismantle popular welfare policies. The opposition Democratic Unity coalition won more than twice the number of National Assembly seats as the Socialists...

  • CARACAS, Dec 6- Venezuela's opposition trounced the ruling Socialists on Sunday to win the legislature for the first time in 16 years and gain a long-sought platform to challenge President Nicolas Maduro's rule of the OPEC nation. Opposition leaders, who have lost over-and-over since Chavez's first election victory 17 years ago, were jubilant, even though...

  • CARACAS, Dec 6- Venezuela's opposition won control of the legislature from the ruling Socialists for the first time in 16 years on Sunday, giving it a long-sought platform to challenge President Nicolas Maduro. The opposition Democratic Unity coalition won 99 seats to the Socialists' 46 in the 167- national National Assembly, the election board said, with some...

  • CARACAS, Dec 6- Venezuela's opposition won control of the legislature from the ruling Socialists for the first time in 16 years on Sunday, giving them a long-sought platform to challenge President Nicolas Maduro. Election board head Tibisay Lucena said the opposition Democratic Unity coalition won 99 seats to the Socialists' 46 in the 167- national National...

  • Opposition leader Henrique Capriles, prominent rights activist Lilian Tintori and another opposition leader who asked not to be identified said the Democratic Unity coalition had gained a majority in the 167- member National Assembly. The National Electoral Council was yet to give official results, however, and there was no word from the headquarters of...

  • CARACAS, Dec 1- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's popularity has jumped in the run-up to Sunday's crucial legislative election, but probably not enough to prevent an opposition victory, a new survey by a leading pollster said. Thanks to public ire with a brutal economic crisis caused by dysfunctional controls and the oil price plunge, the opposition has...

  • *Ukraine, Venezuela, Argentina 2015 top global performers. LONDON, Nov 30- Labelled the emerging market "toxic trio" until not so long ago, the high-yielding bonds of Ukraine, Argentina and Venezuela have come up smelling of roses for those who were brave enough to buy into them at the start of the year. Ukraine's debt restructuring, pro-business Maurico Macri's...

  • Jim Cramer on "Squawk on the Street."

    A change in Venezuela's foreign exchange system will likely boost these stocks, CNBC's Jim Cramer said Monday.

  • A Venezuelan student throws a molotov cocktail to riot police during a protest against the government of President Nicolas Maduro, in Caracas on March 12, 2014.

    Venezuela's annual inflation rate rose as violent opposition demonstrations during the month disrupted the economy.

  • Following the ouster of Viktor Yanukovych in Ukraine this weekend, Venezuela may be next to depose its president, analysts warned on Monday.